Wildhorse Grille at Talking Stick Golf Club

by Mike Hunter

A new hot spot for lunch is the country club-ambience Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale near the Talking Stick Resort. A bit off of the beaten path, this Southwestern-styled dining room is a great place to do business and get a great midday meal.

Chef Patrick Karvis is well known in the Valley, having worked with Eddie Matney and Michael DeMaria, among others. He has transformed this dining room into the place to go for lunch (breakfast and dinner as well). Be there and run into top Valley CEOs and sports figures as well as any number of advisors meeting a client to conduct business. Sure, golfers will pop in, but this place is beginning to be a destination for execs.

The lunch menu gets straight to the point with soups, salads and sandwiches in any number of combinations. Chef chooses to mix regional flavors with what one would expect from a golf club menu, with an emphasis on local. The Grilled Flat Iron Steak Salad includes baby spinach, glazed walnuts, Maytag blue cheese and apples tossed in a walnut vinaigrette. The Stick Burger is made with a Creek Stone Angus beef and brisket blend and includes iceberg, onion, local tomato, house pickle and a choice of cheese on a brioche bun. Schreiner’s local sausages offer diners a hot dog, bratwurst and Italian sausage option for lunch, with all of the fixings.

A rich décor includes a patio with mountain views overlooking the North golf course — perfect for this time of year. Comfortable and accessorized with a Southwestern flair that pays tribute to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on which it is located, it welcomes guests with service that would meet the standards of a high-end country club. Wine lists are extensive (maybe for later in the day) and the wait staff well versed with knowledge of the menu. Wildhorse Grille is a treat and a retreat.

Wildhorse Grille at Talking Stick Golf Club
9998 E. Indian Bend, Scottsdale
(480) 850-8622

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